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It happened. It’s over. And I’m not going to dissect the corpse of American democracy and try and find the cause of death. To me it’s quite obvious. And it should be obvious to you as well. Cause of death is suffocation. Suffocation. No more oxygen. Impossible to breathe. So democracy died a terrifyingly painful death. The only question remaining to be answered is whether or not this was death through natural causes, by accident, or if it was murder. And, like I said, I am not a forensic political analyst so I will leave the quest after a cause of death to others, to those people who believe it makes a difference if they actually find out why democracy died. I can’t really do anything about the “Why”. Dead is dead. No reviving a corpse.
As far as I can tell, we have passed through Fukuyama’s “End of History” into a new phase of history. We have now entered “History as Theater of the Absurd.” Like Eugene Ionesco’s play, “Rhinoceros”, we are now witnessing the rapid transformation of the people around us into rhinoceroses. As people began to change, around the time The End of History began, during the Reagan regime, we laughed and noted how funny they looked and how awkwardly they tramped through the world. We were sure it was just a few of the people who would change into this lumbering prehistoric beast.
Then, as democracy was slowly smothered by Bush and Clinton and Bush and Obama, more of the beasts appeared, myopic and armored against logic, dangerously armed with horns that can cause fatal damage to human beings. And now, not as suddenly as we like to think, the rhinoceroses are everywhere. And we, the few of us left who are not this beast, are left alone on stage in this Theater of the Absurd.
Are you waiting for Godot? Well, you might remember how that turns out.
On today’s program, the only politics is the politics of the absurd, with George Carlin, the Master Comedian and people’s philosopher talking about his life. And the music in between, if you understand the words, might just make the absurdity of it all a trifle more humorously bearable.